Paid Summer Internship0

Spend your summer fighting for social justice!

The Seth D. Montgomery Fellowship is a paid 10-week, full-time position at the Center for an outstanding first or second year law student. The Fellow will receive a $5,000 stipend and will work closely with our attorneys in one or more of our areas of work, doing legal research, drafting pleadings and advocacy materials, and performing issue analysis, investigation and outreach to affected communities. The Fellow will learn about the Center’s unique model for advancing justice through creative lawyering and advocacy, and develop skills to become an effective advocate for social change.

Application Deadline: March 1, 2020

To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, short writing sample, and law school transcript to Sovereign Hager contact@nmpovertylaw.org. Enter in the Subject Heading: “Seth Montgomery Fellowship”. If you have a particular interest in one of our areas of work, let us know about it in your cover letter.

Paralegal/Administrative Assistant

The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty seeks a highly organized Paralegal/Administrative Assistant to advance our advocacy and litigation. Position is part time.

The Center is a nationally recognized non-profit law firm that engages in systemic advocacy and impact litigation to advance the health, economic and educational wellbeing of New Mexico’s families. We provide advocacy through the courts, the legislature and administrative agencies, and through community education and media. 

Successful applicant will support the Center’s advocacy by: communicating with clients; conducting factual investigation such as obtaining documents, photographs and other evidence; performing legal research; editing/proofing/filing pleadings and other legal documents; organizing, analyzing, summarizing and indexing documents; preparing charts, tables and other demonstrative evidence; investigating and developing cases and projects assigned, and conducting necessary interviews. 

Requirements: college degree; paralegal certification or equivalent experience required; high level of proficiency in verbal and written communication; excellent research and analytic skills; self-motivated and dependable; detail-oriented; commitment to economic and racial justice. 

Preferred characteristic: Spanish proficiency.  

Salary range for this position: Commensurate with experience.  
To apply, send cover letter and resume to contact@nmpovertylaw.org.   The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty is an equal opportunity employer.  People with disabilities, people of color, former recipients of public assistance, or people who have grown up in low income communities are especially encouraged to apply.

Education Attorney

The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty is seeking an attorney to carry out litigation and policy advocacy to transform the public education system.

We seek a dynamic and creative attorney to work with educational leaders throughout New Mexico on major policy reforms and litigation related to education, including compliance with the landmark Yazzie/Martinez court decision. In July 2018, families and school districts represented by the Center on Law and Poverty and co-counsel won a historic court ruling that the public education system is insufficient and violates the constitutional rights of Native American, English language learner, and low-income students and students with disabilities. The ruling mandates comprehensive programmatic and funding reforms. This position will work with our legal team on ongoing litigation of the Yazzie case, advance legislative efforts, conduct administrative advocacy with agencies, and investigate and litigate new issues related to public education. Learn more about our education work at: www.nmpovertylaw.org/our-work/education/

The Center is a nationally recognized non-profit law firm that engages in systemic advocacy and impact litigation to advance the health, economic and educational wellbeing of New Mexico’s families. We partner with our communities to provide advocacy through the courts, the legislature and administrative agencies, and through community outreach and education. To learn more about the Center, please visit our website at www.nmpovertylaw.org.

Required: strong leadership and strategic thinking skills; passionate about education policy, racial justice and community lawyering; excellent litigator, writer and researcher; ability to manage complex projects; ‘no-stone-unturned’ thoroughness and persistence. Preferred: Indigenous language or Spanish speaker, experience with lobbying, coalition-building, and media.

Apply in confidence by emailing a resume and cover letter to contact@nmpovertylaw.org. We are an equal opportunity employer. Native Americans, other people of color, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.

Fall, Spring, and Summer Externships

The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty allows selected law students the opportunity to earn credits while working under the supervision of a licensed attorney as part of an Externship Program. Students will have the opportunity to work in the areas of healthcare, workers’ rights, immigrants’ rights, public benefits, hunger and nutritional support, and public education. For questions regarding externships, please contact Staff Attorney Abuko Estrada at abuko@nmpovertylaw.org or Preston Sanchez at preston@nmpovertylaw.org.